Monthly Archives: May 2007

People Catherine Allegedly Looks Like

Her percentages are better than mine.

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People I Allegedly Look Like

A number of people on Facebook have been posting notes which include celebrity look-alikes based on facial recognition. Yet another effect of the “memetic marketplace.”

In my own case, the results aren’t that striking. Although, this picture of Stallman looks quite a bit like my father and I look very much like my father.

Seems like my facial hair and glasses counted quite a bit in the recognition.

Still, it’s funny that I should look like fellow Swiss Joseph Deiss and fellow Canadian Frederick Banting. This might be where the “heritage” part of the facial recognition is uncannily accurate. Or it’s just a coincidence.


John Seely Brown Groks Learning

Wow!

Just listened to Steve Hargadon’s interview with John Seely Brown about changes in education.

Steve Hargadon: John Seely Brown on Web 2.0 and the Culture of Learning (School 2.0, Part 6)

Much to mull over. As careful as I am generally, I think I agree with almost everything that was said in this interview.

One broad issue, for many of us, is that we need to convince a lot of people that these ideas are worth considering, even in the current climate. For instance, getting administrators to understand that grade inflation is perhaps less of a problem than curve-fitting grades. Or getting employers to understand that prestigious schools aren’t necessarily where learning takes place.

Ah, well…


Ma F-Liste

Pas pire, comme concept. Augmenter la visibilité de blogues moins connus en utilisant la technique de la chaîne (comme avec le jeu de tag auquel je viens de participer).

Reprenez dans son intégralité la liste de liens de la “F-List” telle qu’elle figure là où vous la découvrez.

  • Ajoutez en début de liste le blog qui vous a permis de récupérer la F-List.
  • Ajoutez les blogs que vous lisez régulièrement
  • Postez sur votre blog.

La liste va ainsi circuler de blog en blog en s’étoffant rapidement de tout ce qui mérite d’être lu. (Important : n’ajoutez pas vous-même votre blog dans votre liste, vos suiveurs le feront.)

Le billet où je l’ai lu, ce mème:

F-Liste de la blogosphère francophone

Donc, «ma» F-liste, en tentant de rester dans la logique du «mème»…


Admi(nist)ration

Admirer le domaine administratif?

Le retour d’Alex Pression, le calembourgeois?


Food and Social Life

Short blog entry by Jacques Attali on statistics about shared meals in “Western Civilizations.”

Conversation avec Jacques Attali: Dînons ensemble

The main claim is that France is still at the top of the list of places where people do enjoy shared meals. Still, Attali does mention some of the realities hidden by those statistics.

Interestingly enough, several of the comments on this entry are about other parts of the world where food consumption is an important social activity, including parts of Asia and Africa.

To me, a basic part of ethnography has to do with groups formed at meals. In some cases, it might be a group of relatives considered as a “household” or “family unit.” In other contexts, meal sharers might consider themselves to be part of the same social group, as when all members of the same age-set eat together.

There’s also the shared consumption of non-nutritional items like tea and alcohol. Perhaps because of my passion for both coffee and beer, I find the process of having coffee or beer with someone else one of the most pleasurable experiences one can have. The complex aromas of those drinks do enhance the experience and the fact that their nutritional value isn’t the main point of their consumption makes the event less utilitarian than socially consequent.

No idea if there are statistics on shared consumption of drinks but they clearly represent an important domain for the study of social life.